Manager Memo: Flu Vaccine Information

This memo outlines important information regarding the influenza (flu) vaccination policy and employee compliance. The deadline to receive the vaccine and upload proof in ReadySet has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. As you know, the previous deadline was tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 19. Per university policy, all WashU faculty, staff and trainees must receive this year’s influenza vaccine regardless of […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight | Colorful Choices Team Captains

I’d like to recognize all of the Wellness Champions who rallied their teammates to join the new summer wellness challenge, Colorful Choices. Thank you for your leadership and your commitment to Wellness Connection and your colleagues. Your ingenuity, determination, and creativity are inspiring. Approximately 900 WashU employees participated in the Colorful Choices campaign. The charts […]

Thrive tip: Stepping into the next normal

Our world continues to change as we navigate the pandemic. Caring for ourself is more important than ever. We will continue to highlight tips to help you find balance and practice self care. Our tips are informed by WashU experts in Psychiatry, wellness, leadership development and family care. Faculty, physicians and expert staff provide their […]

Gratitude for the People Behind the Transition to Workday

It’s hard to believe that, after years of planning and work, we are getting ready to go live with Workday as part of our MyDay initiative. This is one of the most complex projects the university has undertaken, investing in our future by replacing our HR and finance systems with a modern, integrated system in the cloud.   There are several […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: WashU Couch to 5K Team Captains

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize all of the Wellness Champions who rallied their teammates to join the spring wellness challenge, Couch to 5K. Championing a culture of wellness can be difficult in a shifting and virtual environment, and our network of Wellness Champions continues to communicate Wellness Connection programming to their colleagues […]

WashU Recognition Days

WashU Staff Recognition Days start on May 24 and continue through June. We are excited to honor our service award recipients for 2020 and 2021 and recognize all of our staff for their dedication to our missions of research, teaching and patient care. Thank you to all of our staff for rising up for the greater good during […]

WashU ranked among ‘best employers for diversity’

Washington University in St. Louis was ranked 12th among hundreds of large and midsized companies on Forbes’ fourth annual list of “America’s Best Employers For Diversity.” The results are based on a survey of 50,000 employees across the country who rated their organizations based on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Atiqua Burns & Cheryl Lyons

Circular logo with text Wellness Connection Champion Network

      Atiqua Burns and Cheryl Lyons, Co-Champions in IM – Bone Marrow Transplant Atiqua and Cheryl joined the Wellness Champion network in February of 2020 – right before the world went topsy turvy. Over the past year, I have been continually impressed by their capacity to work together and take an active role […]

Spring into Action

As we look forward with hope, how can we find renewed energy and build well-being into our lives with intention?

Commencement volunteers needed for May 30

The Commencement Office will be holding multiple ceremonies on May 20, 21 and 30. Each ceremony will be limited to 500 graduates, who have the option to invite two guests each. For further details, please refer to the Commencement website. At this time the Commencement Office still needs volunteer ambassadors for Sunday, May 30. If you […]

Manager Orientation shifts to online module

We are excited to announce that we have transitioned the in-person Manager Orientation (MO) for both the Danforth and Medical School campus to a newly designed online module. Manager Orientation is now available to complete in Learn@Work, the university’s learning management system. The Manager Orientation online course provides essential information to help leaders be effective in […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Stefani Weeden-Smith

Stefani Weeden-Smith, MPS Gephardt Institute for Civic/Community Engagement I first met Stefani when I took one of her workshops through the Brown School continuing education program in the summer of 2019. We chatted during the break about some University wellness initiatives, and she joined the Champion network soon thereafter. Stefani really stepped up to foster […]

FSA adjustments

Human Resources is please to announce that we have amended the WashU FSA to provide flexibility and help you take proactive steps for your health and financial well-being.  Under legislation that was passed and signed into law in late December 2020, employers are now allowed to provide flexibility to employees who need to make adjustments […]

tHRive tip: 5 tips on bringing your heart to work

Meaningful work is about forging human connections to create a deeper, richer work experience.  This concept is easy enough to agree with, but what is “meaningful work” really about? It’s about showing up in a way that lifts and supports the people around you. It’s being authentic and holding space for others to do the same. Simply put, it’s about allowing your heart to join you in your work.  […]

Elevating employee well-being

The well-being of people is always our focus, and during the pandemic, HR and university partners joined together to provide real-time support for every aspect of employees’ lives. Support for the whole person spans from physical and mental health to family care, flexible and remote work and professional learning.   From flexible work arrangements to telehealth, prescription delivery, financial education sessions, 24/7 work-life […]

Let’s Celebrate Heart Health Month

In honor of National Heart Month, WashU Wellness Connection is highlighting important steps and resources to help you take care of your heart. Eating healthier, exercising more and getting regular check-ups are key steps toward a healthy heart. In addition, reducing stress and considering our emotional connection to ourselves play a vital role in your […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Laurie Brady

Laurie Brady, Mail & Receiving Services (MaRs) This month’s spotlight shines on Laurie Brady, a Wellness Champion since October 2020. New to our network but not new to the work, Laurie has long been a champion of wellness in her personal and professional life. Laurie was nominated for the Champion Spotlight by fellow Champion Cheryl […]

6 tips for a healthy, productive work routine

Balancing household and career demands is a challenge even in “normal” times, so it’s no wonder many of us have sought new ways to optimize our effectiveness (while staying healthy) over the last year. Here are six tips to help you maintain a healthy, productive work routine. Emphasize positivity in your work setup. It’s important […]

WashU Crisis Response Fund

Our people are incredibly important to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care, and we care deeply about your well-being. As a part of efforts to support the Washington University community through challenges related to the impact of COVID-19, the WashU Crisis Response Fund is available to help our community with costs […]

A statement on violence at the U.S. Capitol

Read a note from Chancellor Andrew D. Martin on the violence at the U.S. Capitol. What we are seeing today shall not define who we are as a nation. – Andrew D. Martin, Chancellor   If you or someone you know needs help:  Call the employee assistance program at 844-365-4587 or visit the website for […]

The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project, a new program focuses on highlighting stories of how WashU faculty, staff and students are rising up for the greater good. The Gratitude Project was developed by the Innovation subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Fall Contingency Planning Committee. The stories will be shared in a video series hosted by Tim Bono, assistant dean for […]

New family care facilitator

WashU Human Resources welcomes Lisa Eberle-Mayse, the new child and family care facilitator. In this role, Lisa will support faculty and staff families with finding and maintaining the care they need for their family members. Lisa brings 40 years of experience in early care and education to this role. She has been a teacher, Child Care Center Director and Inclusion Specialist. She is also […]

“Thank you Days”

Washington University is extending two additional days of paid time off to Danforth Campus and Central Fiscal Unit staff employees to be used between Dec. 18, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. These days are in addition to the standard university vacation and holiday time off benefits. They do not reduce any time off balances – […]

Elections: Politics, Media and Stress

An article from Guidance Resources, powered by ComPsych In recent 2020 polling, about two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) said they felt worn out by the amount of news during this election cycle. Another recent poll showed that more than half of U.S. adults felt the elections were “somewhat” or “very significant” sources of stress. As […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Walktober Team Captains

Faced with shifting responsibilities and with many of their coworkers in new, remote work environments, the Wellness Champions continue to promote a healthy workplace culture by participating in Wellness Connection programming and encouraging their colleagues to do the same. The graphs below demonstrate that while Champions make up 4% of total Walktober participants, they led […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Lara Jennings

Lara Jennings, Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) This month’s spotlight is on Lara Jennings, a Wellness Champion since May 2019. Lara supports her teammates by being a compassionate listener and connecting her workgroup with Wellness Connection resources. She fosters a community of well-being in her department by sending “Virtual Sunshine Committee” monthly emails, […]

Developing healthy coping skills for resilience

Article by Neha Navsaria, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child) Everyone experiences challenges in life, and especially now- with COVID-19, racism, returning to work, balancing family/work obligations, to name a few-the number of challenges can feel overwhelming. What do you do when you are under chronic stress that feels never-ending?  What you are experiencing right […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Work of Art Team Captains

Wellness Connection is offering a new type of wellness challenge this summer; little did we know how timely this emotional fitness campaign would be when planning for it last fall. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from our Champion network on how Work of Art has been beneficial to them and their teammates, including this […]

WashU Helping our Own

Learn how WashU faculty and staff are coming together to provide expert-driven programs for university employees.  WUCare – New primary care access for university employees Beginning June 1, 2020, Washington University employees and their families (age 18+) who are enrolled in the university sponsored health plan (United Healthcare) will have access to a primary care physician […]

Leading in the Next Normal

The New Normal

Maintaining employee morale, well-being and engagement in the new workplace environment.

Adjusting health savings accounts for COVID-19 impact

Health savings accounts help you address health and financial challenges. Remember that you can use your account to pay for qualified medical expenses that arise for you and your family. If you are enrolled in Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account, new IRS guidance allows employers to extend grace periods for Dependent Care and […]

Danforth Return to Campus Kits

Return to Campus Kits For Danforth Phase 1 Return, two pick up dates are available for employees returning in the Phase 1 approved group. Attendants at the pick up stations in the East End Garage will deliver the bags via the passenger window and check off names from the Phase 1 approved list of employees. […]

Parenting During a Pandemic

Insight from WashU Psychiatry instructor, Andrea Giedinghagen, MD This pandemic has brought changes to almost every aspect of our lives, and parenting is no exception. From coping with the boredom of being at home for days on end to grappling with fear and uncertainty, there are challenges for parents and children alike. Some parenting challenges […]

Creating a Sleep Routine – 6 Steps to Better Sleep

Creating a Sleep Routine Establishing a sleep routine that works for you helps you get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Sleep routines are activities before bed each night. Routines can improve the quality and length of sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining long-term healthy eating and physical activity habits. […]

COVID-19 Manager Memo #2

To help you lead your departments through the difficult and pressing circumstances related to the impact of COVID-19, please review these important manager messages and share with other managers in your areas. The manager memos, along with resources are posted on the HR web page, Manager Resources for COVID-19. Faculty and staff are incredibly valuable to our mission. […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Sam Biver & the Healthy Work Center

Sam Biver, MPH, and the Healthy Work Center in the GMS Division Sam has been an integral part of our new strategy this year to mobilize the efforts of our Champion network, using the Human Centered Design approach to problem solving. He works closely with Wellness Connection to map out the strategy and co-facilitate the […]

Resources for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

This season is a time to focus on gratitude, giving, reflection and quality time with friends, colleagues and family. This time can also be difficult to navigate and cause stress. Learn proactive strategies to help you cope with holiday emotions, money issues and health.  Tips from Work-Life Solutions Work-Life Solutions, by Guidance Resources, is the […]

WashU Leaders Supporting St. Louis

To our Community of WashU Leaders: We can support St. Louis through our WashU missions. Each day, we dedicate ourselves to meaningful work that improves lives and makes a positive impact on society. Whether you are a senior leader or emerging leader growing with the university, it is important you find meaning and purpose at […]

Call for Musicians

Call for Musicians for the School of Medicine Winter Concert The ninth annual Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine. As before, soloists and ensembles, including vocalists and instrumentalists, of all musical genres are welcome to sign-up. Students, faculty, and […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Dani Tallchief

Dani Tallchief, RN, has been an exemplary Champion since joining us in 2018. Dani regularly participates in Wellness Connection programs and events, and supports University initiatives while personalizing wellness for the Department of Anesthesiology. Dani collaborated with Wellness Connection to host a screening for her department, in which 42 people learned their numbers and earned […]